January 3, 2005


Rome's Next Choice?: Arch-conservative Cardinal Ratzinger emerges as a possible successor to Pope John Paul II (JEFF ISRAELY, 1/02/05, TIME)

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the chief architect of Pope John Paul II's traditionalist moral policy, has long been a bugaboo for liberal Catholics. But they had stopped worrying that the German might one day ascend to St. Peter's throne. His hard-line views and blunt approach had earned him the epithet of panzerkardinal and too many enemies. Well, their worrying may now resume. Sources in Rome tell TIME that Ratzinger has re-emerged as the top papal candidate within the Vatican hierarchy, joining other front runners such as Dionigi Tettamanzi of Milan and Claudio Hummes of Sao Paolo. "The Ratzinger solution is definitely on," said a well-placed Vatican insider.

The Cardinal seems to be almost campaigning for American support.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 3, 2005 6:28 PM
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